Southwark Council is pleased to announce that Pop Community Ltd have been selected to act as interim manager of the councilâ€™s multi-storey car park in Peckham for the next five years.
They will be turning it into a mixture of artist studios and workshops, and co-work spaces, along with meeting space, which will support a thriving community of artists, small creative businesses and local entrepreneurs.
In addition to delivering over 50 affordable studio and workshop spaces along with pop-up retail and multi-use event spaces, the Pop Community proposal will deliver the following benefits for the local community:
Back in August the council announced it was looking for organisations, businesses and individuals to pitch their ideas to turn Peckhamâ€™s multi-storey car park into a hot spot for creative and cultural industries and to increase local employment.
The proposals had to focus on creating workspace for the creative industries and other arts and culture uses, and to work alongside the current uses on the top floors – Bold Tendencies Arts and Frankâ€™s Bar – and the current building structure.
There was a very high level of interest in the opportunity and the council was approached by over 70 different organisations, resulting in 14 different proposals being submitted, from which the following top three were shortlisted:
Cllr Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration and new homes, said: “I am delighted to welcome Pop Communities to Peckham who will work with local residents, businesses and community groups to build a thriving creative community in Southwark.
“As a council we have promised to create hundreds of new affordable work spaces for the creative industries, and this appointment is the start of us delivering on that promise.Â Although the car park is still earmarked for development in the long term, we have the opportunity now to help local residents set up new businesses and provide space for local artists.”
Carl Turner from Pop Communities Ltd said: “We are absolutely delighted, over the moon, to get to work on this exciting project. We are hoping to work with all the existing organisations and add another layer to the existing success story they have created and we are just happy to be part of the picture.”
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